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Applying To A University in USA and Canada

What is involved in selecting and applying to a university in USA and Canada? Here are some helpful hints.

Universities in USA and Canada are very interested and eager to assist international students who may want to study for an Undergraduate, Graduate, Ph.D., short-term study abroad or an English language preparation program. Most universities have staff to assist students but the process can take 4-6 months or more, so interested students are encouraged to prepare well in advance of the time they wish to enroll.

In the USA there are approximately 3,500+ universities so there are many options to choose from. Most four-year universities ask students to provide a number of documents that meet their requirements for admission. In order to gain admission students need to submit an application to each university, pay required processing fees and provide academic and financial documents, usually 4-6 months before classes begin.

To select the best university, students need to spend considerable time reviewing university web sites, working with an advisor, talking with friends and family members and, when possible, be in contact with the universities directly. Students need to make sure the universities they select match their academic background and English language preparation (IELTS, PTE, TOEFL) and have the on-campus support resources they may need. Knowing where the campus is located, its size, the amount of funds needed each year, the strength of the academic program, as well as the campus atmosphere, are all important factors to consider when choosing a university.
Students who work with University Study will find the process to be an easy one as our staff will assist in recommending several universities that match their interests.
Many of the universities will waive the students' application fees when working with University Study staff. Once an acceptance is obtained, we assist students in securing the needed financial documents (bank statements and additional financial credentials) to receive an I-20 and visa. These financial documents are needed by all international students prior to traveling to the U.S. for study at a university.

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How to Get Your U.S. Student Visa

What are the guidelines to help make your student visa application process smooth and successful?

International students who desire to enter the United States for university study, must first secure a visa from their home country. All students who are not U.S. citizens must secure a student visa to attend a U.S. university.

There are two main student visas that are available for university study: (F1 and J1) as well as a separate visa (M1) for non-academic or vocational schools.

  • F1 Visa - Issued to students who will enroll in academic degree program or an English Language program. These visas are valid for the length of the degree program, (usually two or four years until the completion of your study).
  • J1 Visa - Issued to students who will study for a short term period (one or two semesters) or for practical training that is not available in their home country. This visa is usually issued for one year.
  • M1 Visa - Issued to students who will attend a technical or vocational school which is non-academic, non-degree. This type of visa is not for work (for compensation) in the U.S.


To secure a Visa for a US university the basic steps are:

  • Apply and be accepted to a U.S. university.
  • Provide the university with requested financial documents. This usually include a bank statement, affidavit of support and sometimes a separate university I-20 application. These documents must show students have the financial resources (from themselves, their families or sponsors) needed for their U.S. education.
  • The university will review all financial documents to make sure there are sufficient funds for the students' tuition, housing accommodations, travel, and misc. expenses. If approved, the university will issue the student an I-20 form.
  • Once a student receives an I-20, the next step is to contact the U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country to schedule an interview.
  • During the interview process, a U.S. official will discuss the students' plans to study in the U.S. and review their academic and financial documents.
  • Upon successful completion of the interview, the embassy will issue the appropriate visa.
  • Once a visa is secured, students can finalize their plans to travel to the United States and enroll at their selected university.


University Study staff are always available to assist students through the entire application process to secure their visa.

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English Language Skills- What is Needed to Study at an English Language University?

International students who desire to study in an English speaking country (U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, etc.) need to demonstrate they have the basic skills and preparation to be successful in the classroom.

Enrolling at an English language university is always a very positive experience. It provides students with the opportunity to leave home and receive a high quality education in academic areas they may not be able to secure in their home country.

Each year, over 1,000,000 International students attend U.S. universities for an Undergraduate, Graduate, Ph.D., short-term study or, an English language program. For many students, securing a degree while enhancing their English language speaking and writing skills is a major goal. Students know that combining their native language with English, will enrich their lives and provide many future career options.

In the U.S., universities measure a student's skills by way of English language tests such at TOEFL, IELTS and the Pearson Test of English (PTE). These computer based tests are available in locations around the world. Almost all universities require to submit scores from one of these tests so they can determine how well prepared a student is to start their academic course when they first enroll.
Students who score high or above average on language tests can expect to begin their academic work immediately upon arrival. Those with average to low scores should expect to first enroll in an English langue program to enhance their skills. Once students in English language programs enhance their skills they are usually allowed to start their academic program of study.

University Study maintains records of the English requirements for many universities and can assist students in determining their best options.

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Engineering and Computer Science Programs in the U.S.A.

If you are an international student or professional seeking a degree in Engineering or Computer Science there are many options for you to study in the United States.

Each year thousands of international students look to enroll at U.S. universities for Undergraduate, Graduate and Ph.D. programs in Engineering, Technology and Computer Science. These programs are very popular in the U.S. as these programs provide students with an excellent education, great career options and opportunities not available in many other countries.

Students who have strong math and science interests should consider these degree programs. Both Engineering and Computer Science are very popular because of the diverse areas of specialization available, growing job opportunities and potential for high starting salaries. Students are encouraged to review the many different academic options.

Students interested in Engineering and Computer Science programs should be above average in all prior school work and have high grades in courses like
Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), and Mathematics. Universities will look closely at a students' prior academic records as these academic programs will be demanding.

A few areas include:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Information Systems


University Study has placed thousands of students in universities for Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology and other related programs.

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Applying To A University in USA and Canada
What is involved in selecting and applying to a university in USA and Canada? Here are some helpful hints. Universities in USA and Canada are very interested and eager to assist international... MORE
How to Get Your U.S. Student Visa
What are the guidelines to help make your student visa application process smooth and successful? International students who desire to enter the United States for university study, must first... MORE
English Language Skills- What is Needed to Study at an English Language University?
International students who desire to study in an English speaking country (U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, etc.) need to demonstrate they have the basic skills and preparation to be successful in the... MORE
Engineering and Computer Science Programs in the U.S.A.
If you are an international student or professional seeking a degree in Engineering or Computer Science there are many options for you to study in the United States. Each year thousands of... MORE
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